Wi-Fi sales rebound strongly in Q3

Quarterly Wi-Fi equipment sales have rebounded strongly compared to both the previous quarter and to one year ago, spurred by 802.11n deployments and a jump in Wi-Fi phone sales.

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The third-quarter jump was biggest in North America and the Europe-Middle East-Africa region, according to Infonetics, an international communications market research and consulting firm.

Worldwide, WLAN revenues grew 14% from quarter to quarter, reaching $680 million, and by 12% compared to the same quarter one year ago. The firm estimates the overall WLAN market will grow by 17% in 2010 compared to 2009 when fourth quarter results are finally reported.

Sales of single mode Wi-Fi phones, intended for use only with a Wi-Fi connection, jumped 20% quarter to quarter, topping 100,000 units.

Shipments of 802.11n access points were up 5% over the previous quarter and 16% from one year ago, according to Infonetics. This category now accounts for 44% of all access point shipments, and is expected to continue to increase strongly in 2011.

Cisco reclaimed the lion’s share of the global Wi-Fi market, rising 4% over the prior quarter to 51% worldwide. Aruba remained in second place, with HP taking the number 3 slot in part due to its purchase of 3Com.

John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World.Twitter: http://twitter.com/johnwcoxnwwEmail: john_cox@nww.comBlog RSS feed: http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/2989/feed

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